Friday, February 8, 2013

Madera County Jail Expansion is First Project Completed Using Special State Funds

$30 million is local support for realignment  

MADERA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials were on hand today for the dedication of the Madera County Jail expansion, which was constructed with state funds granted by AB 900, the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007.

“Over the last 16 months, California has made a historic change in correctional policy.  Under Public Safety Realignment, we have created a stronger partnership between counties and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,” said CDCR Deputy Secretary for External Affairs, Nolice Edwards. “As a result, more low-level offenders are now being housed and rehabilitated in their own communities instead of state prison.”

“This expansion of the Madera County Jail is, quite literally, a concrete example of the state’s commitment to support local law enforcement,” she added.  “The Department of Corrections and county officials share a common goal to reduce repeat crime and help offenders return to constructive and lawful lives,” said Edwards.  “This project is a great example of working together to make our communities more peaceful and safe.”

The project was funded through Assembly Bill 900, known as the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007.  Madera County was the first to apply for such funding and received $30 million to build the jail facility.

While Madera County’s jail expansion, which will add 144 beds, is the first in the state to be completed with AB900 funds, it won’t be the last.  AB 900 provides $1.2 billion for counties to build projects like the one in Madera to reduce overcrowding in local jails.  Currently, 21 counties are expanding jails with state funds from AB 900.      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2013
Contact: Bill Sessa
(916) 445-4950